MAC East Player of the Week
Hannah Robertson, Miami, Guard
Junior, New Albany
Robertson showed that she was completely recovered from her recent injury, averaging 17 points in two big Miami wins last week. She tied a career-high with 21 points in a victory over Ohio on Thursday. She then followed it up with 13 points against Eastern Michigan on Sunday. Robertson shot 56.5 percent for the week, including an 8-for-11 performance against the Bobcats. She was 5-for-11 from behind the arc in the two games. Robertson had three rebounds against Ohio and followed that up with eight rebounds against EMU. That was only one off her season-high. Robertson also had four assists and two steals on the week.
MAC West Player of the Week
Crystal Bradford, Central Michigan, Forward
Sophomore, Detroit, Mich./Inkster
Four-time MAC West Player of the Week Crystal Bradford made another strong case that she is the early front runner for MAC Player of the Year, helping Central Michigan get off to its best start in MAC play since the 1987-88 season. Bradford averaged 20 points, 13.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 3.0 steals and 2.5 blocks per game in the Chippewas double-digit wins over rival Western Michigan and Northern Illinois. The sophomore had a double-double in each contest, scoring 26 points and pulling down 13 rebounds versus the Broncos, before again nearly recording a triple double. She scored 14 points and pulled down 14 rebounds versus NIU, but it was her floor vision that had the fans on their feet as she tied her career high with eight assists. Through the first four games of the MAC season, Bradford leads all players in scoring (20.0) and rebounding (12.3), is second in assists (5.8) and blocks (1.8) and is tied for fourth in steals (3.0).
Hanna Luburgh, Akron, Guard
Junior, Zanesville, Ohio/Tri-Valley HS
Hanna Luburgh was unstoppable offensively last week over the course of Akron's West Division road trip. At NIU, she was one rebound shy of a double-double with 18 points and nine boards, shooting 64% from the field including 4-of-4 from behind the arc. Against Western Michigan, the junior shot over 60% from the field again, leading the Zips with 19 points (12 in the second half) on 9-of-15 shooting. She also grabbed six rebounds and posted a pair of assists and three steals. After the first two weeks of MAC play, Luburgh leads the league in shooting percentage in conference games at .620.
Allison Papernfuss, Bowling Green, Forward
Senior, Whitehouse, Ohio (Anthony Wayne)
Senior forward Allison Papenfuss averaged 10.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game last week, as the Falcons picked up a pair of wins by more than 25 points. Papenfuss also averaged 1.0 blocked shots and 1.0 steals per game, and she shot 55.6% (10-of-18) from the field. She averaged 25.0 minutes per game to tie for the team lead in that category, and paced the Falcons in rebounding on the week. Papenfuss had 12 points, just one shy of her career high, in the Falcons’ 73-42 win over Ball State on Wednesday, and she also added seven rebounds and a pair of blocked shots. On Sunday at Ohio, Papenfuss had nine points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in 23 minutes of action in a 67-41 win. On the season, Papenfuss is averaging 4.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. She has 8.3 ppg and 6.3 rpg in MAC games, ranking second on the team in both categories. She leads the team in field-goal percentage (51.9%; 14-of-27) in league play, and is tied for first on the team in blocked shots (1.3 bpg). BGSU is 12-5 overall and 3-1 in the MAC.
Christa Baccas, Buffalo, Forward
Sophomore, Hillburn, NY
Sophmore Christa Baccas averaged 10.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 3.5 blocked shots off the bench for the Bulls this past week. Baccas helped lead the Bulls to just their second ever victory at Kent State with 12 points and 14 rebounds, her third double-double of the season. It was also the second straight game that Baccas had 14 rebounds. Against the Rockets, Baccas had eight points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots, which led all players. All four of her blocked shots came in the first half. Baccas is averaging 6.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots per game.
Rachel Mendelsohn, Kent State, Guard
Freshman, Jesuit (Portland, Ore.)
In her first start, Freshman Rachel Mendelsohn had 10 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in a home loss against Buffalo. She shot 3-for-4 at the free throw line in the game. Against Ball State on Saturday, Mendelsohn got her second career start and scored a game-high 17 points with 3 assists. With the team struggling to find their first field goal trailing 19-5, Mendelsohn sunk a three-pointer and then followed with a drive and layup to spark a comeback for the Flashes. She was 6-for-8 in shooting, including 3-for-4 from beyond the arc in the game.
Kiyanna Black, Ohio, Guard
Freshman, Columbus, Ohio/Columbus Africentric
Kiyanna had a strong week for the Bobcats, scoring 40 total points in games against Miami and Bowling Green. The freshman recorded a career and game-high 26 points in Ohio’s game at Miami on Jan. 17 and followed this up with a solid, 14-point performance against Bowling Green on Jan. 20. Black continues to be among the highest-scoring freshmen in the Mid-American Conference and also contributed in other ways, swiping four steals at Miami on Thursday and one more against Bowling Green on Sunday. The freshman was solid from three-point range during the week, hitting three of her eight attempts from distance. She was also very accurate from the free-throw line, connecting on seven of eight attempts from the charity stripe.
Brandy Woody, Ball State, Guard
Junior, Thorntown, Ind. / Western Boone
Ball State went 1-1 this week in Mid-American Conference play with Brandy Woody leading the way averaging 11.0 points per contest, 5.5 rebounds, 5.0 steals and 3.5 assists. Woody led the Cardinals to their59-44 victory over Kent State Saturday after scoring 15 points along with seven steals. Woody is currently second on the team in scoring averaging 10.7 points per game.
Natachia Watkins, Eastern Michigan, Forward
Junior, South Euclid, Ohio / Brush
Junior Natachia Watkins was the lone Eagle to average double figures in points this week as the Eagles dropped a pair of games to MAC preseason favorites Toledo and Miami. Against the Rockets, Watkins finished with 16 points and eight rebounds. She followed it up with 10 points and five rebounds despite fouling out early in the second half.
Amanda Corral, Northern Illinois, Guard
Sophomore, Hobart High School (Hobart, Ind.)
Corral paced the Huskies during the week by averaging 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while connecting on 10 of 24 shots and six of 12 three-pointers. Against Akron, she netted 13 points and seven rebounds on 5-for-13 shooting and 3-for-7 shooting on threes. At Central Michigan, she scored 16 points and pulled down six rebounds while going 5-for-11 from the field and 3-for-5 on threes. She leads the team in points, rebounds and assists, and has now scored in double figures in 14 of 16 games played. She is averaging 15.5 points per game over her last four and is averaging a career high 13.3 points per game on the season.
Andola Dortch, Toledo, Guard
Junior, Akron, OH (Kenmore HS)
Junior Andola Dortch averaged a team-high 17.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.5 steals in victories over reigning MAC Tournament champion Eastern Michigan (Jan. 16) and MAC East Division frontrunner Buffalo (Jan. 19) last week. Dortch shot 43.5 percent (10-of-23) from the field, including 40.0 percent (6-of-15) from beyond the arc, and 80.0 percent (8-of-10) from the charity stripe in 32.5 minutes per contest. She was the only Rocket to score in double figures in both matchups. The Akron, OH native began the week with a team-high 14 points, two boards, two thefts and one helper in 30 minutes against the Eagles on Wednesday. Three days later versus the MAC-unbeaten Bulls, Dortch tallied a game-high 20 points and six rebounds in 35 minutes. Overall this season, Dortch is contributing 11.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists and a team-high 2.5 steals in 29.4 minutes per game.
Marquisha Harris, Western Michigan, Forward
Sophomore, Moline, Ill./Moline
Western Michigan sophomore Marquisha Harris averaged a double-double with 14 ppg and 10 rpg this week, as WMU went 1-1 with a tough loss at Central Michigan and a home victory over Akron, handing the Zips their first conference loss. At CMU, Harris pumped in nine points and eight rebounds. In WMU's 84-77 win over Akron, she posted her first career double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds, both of which were also career highs. She added two blocks and three steals. Harris shot 9-for-14 (64.3%) from the field against Akron and 13-for-23 (56.5%) over the two games. The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Broncos and was WMU’s first win over Akron since Feb. 14, 2009, putting an end to a four-game skid against the Zips.